Haemorrhagic fevers in Africa: Narratives, politics and pathways of disease and response

This article by Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director, appeared in Wellcome History 38 (Summer 2008). Haemorrhagic fevers capture popular imagination as deadly zoonotic diseases that come ‘out of Africa’. Ebola, lassa and other viral haemorrhagic fevers that are associated with wildlife vectors in forested environments figure prominently in current concerns about so-called ‘emerging infectious diseases’,…

AVIAN FLU BIO-TERROR FEARS

By Julia Day Researchers in a Dutch University laboratory have mutated the H5N1 strain of avian influenza so that it can be transmitted betweem humans through the air via coughs and sneezes, according to a UK newspaper report this morning. The US Government is worried the ‘super strain’ may escape the lab and cause a…

Manifesto: translated versions

Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto was originally published in English, but the Manifesto project has involved discussions in many countries. We would like people around the world to be able to join in the debate and action, so the following translated versions are now available: Arabic Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto in Arabic…

BBC COVERAGE OF ZIMBABWE LAND REFORM RESEARCH

Zimbabwe’s land reform since 2000 has been intensely controversial. Overturning the settler colonial pattern of land use and creating a new agrarian structure has had far-reaching consequences. Yet the debate about what happened, where and to who has too often been shallow and ill-informed, and not based on solid empirical evidence from the field. STEPS…

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2010 Press pack: Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto Press release: A Manifesto to make innovation deliver for development 15 June 2010 Opening presentation from launch event by STEPS director Melissa Leach and project convenor Adrian Ely (Slideshare) Launch event programme (pdf 351kb) 2008 New PhD places for 2008 30 Jan 2008 Avian Flu Threat:…

GM Crops 10 years on

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director A decade ago there was much hope – and even more hype – about the potentials of GM crops. GM crops were going to feed the world, solving issues of poverty and development, seemingly at a stroke. Technologies for dealing with drought or nutrient deficits were, it was claimed,…

Theme 4: Public participation and the politics of policy

This theme is part of the Biotechnology Research Archive. Governing biotechnologies in favour of ‘pro-poor’ outcomes is a challenge. The research contained in this section of the Biotechnology Research Archive shows that, while there is much rhetoric about ‘pro-poor biotechnology’, the evidence on the ground is wanting. Getting publics – farmers, consumers, traders and others…

Theme 3: The role of the private sector and corporate control

This theme is part of the Biotechnology Research Archive. This section of includes studies of biotechnology business in action, including detailed analyses of the role of the corporate sector – and particularly the former Monsanto Company (now part of Bayer) in India. Case studies from China look at the close relations between state and private…

Theme 2: Regulating agricultural biotechnology

This theme is part of the Biotechnology Research Archive. Effective and well-designed regulation is essential to any innovation process. This is particularly the case for novel genetic techniques, where uncertainty is high and potential risks remain unknown. Impacts arise through the interaction of particular technologies with particular environments. A case-by-case approach to regulatory control is…